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Florida Judge Arrested for DUI at Courthouse

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

It seems like these stories only happen in Florida. Lawyers and court employees reportedly gawked from a courthouse as a well known Broward County judge slammed her BMW SUV into a parked police vehicle and then repeatedly slammed her vehicle into a gate at the court parking lot, reports The New York Times. When officers arrived at the scene, they arrested Judge Lynn Rosenthal of suspected driving under the influence. Perhaps the most amazing part of this story, Judge Rosenthal became the third Broward County judge in just six months to be arrested for a DUI.

Unlike the other two arrested judges, Judge Rosenthal agreed to submit to a Breathalyzer test. She passed the test, as the breath test did not indicate any alcohol in her system. However, Judge Rosenthal did admit to police that she had taken an Ambien sleeping pill the night before. She refused to take a urine or blood test. Judge Rosenthal was arrested for suspicion of drugged driving.

Get Help With a Drugged Driving Charge With a King County DUI Attorney

Many individuals are not aware that they may be charged with a criminal DUI for legal prescription drug use. However, the truth is that you may be charged with a crime if your driving is impaired by alcohol use, illegal drug use, or even legal drug use. In other words, it doesn't matter if you take over-the-counter medication or prescription medication -- if your driving is impaired by the drug use, you can be charged with a crime.

If you are accused of suspected drugged driving in the King County area, you will want to contact an experienced DUI attorney to learn your options and defenses. To learn more about your case, contact an attorney at Cowan Kirk Gaston Wolff by calling 1-866-822-1230.

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William Kirk, Partner

Bill Kirk has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics Magazine every year since 2003. He currently serves on the Board of Regents to the National College for DUI Defense and is the President of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice. Bill is one of only two attorneys in this state to pass the National College's Board Certification Exam.

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